Dentists located in McLean, VA
Even if you’ve taken every effort to save a tooth, sometimes it’s beyond repair and must be extracted. If you’re facing this situation, trust Dr. Negar Tehrani and Dr. Chang Yi at Aura Dentistry. They perform expert extractions and provide follow-up care so you experience minimal pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. If you live in McLean, Virginia or the surrounding area and need a tooth extracted, call the office or book an appointment online.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
Why might a tooth need to be extracted?
A tooth that’s been broken or damaged by decay may not respond well to fillings, crowns, or other restoration treatments. In these cases, it may need to be removed from the socket. Specific reasons why an extraction may be necessary include:
- Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from erupting naturally
- Wisdom teeth that don’t fit, are infected, or are coming in at an irregular angle
- A weak immune system that can’t bear any infection, especially one in the mouth
The dentists at Aura Dentistry determine whether teeth may need to be extracted by checking X-ray images and performing an oral exam. An X-ray can show the relationship of teeth to one another, the relationship of your teeth to your sinuses, the depth of an infection, and the positioning of your wisdom teeth.
How is an extraction performed?
Dr. Yi and Dr. Tehrani use two different methods of extraction.
If a tooth erupts through the gum line, it usually can be removed by simple extraction. In this procedure, the dentist uses an instrument called an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to remove it.
If a tooth is still embedded under the gum line or has broken off, the dentists must perform a surgical extraction. This involves making an incision in your gums to access the tooth and remove it.
In the case of a simple extraction, you receive local anesthesia to numb the affected area. During a surgical extraction, you receive a local anesthetic and possibly oral sedation as well, to help you relax.
How do I care for my mouth after a tooth extraction?
Following a simple extraction, you may have some soreness, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually effective in decreasing pain.
You will likely have more pain following a surgical extraction, so you may be prescribed pain medication. You’ll also have specific after-care instructions about diet and how to care for the surgical site that helps prevent complications and infections.
If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, call the office of Aura Dentistry or make an appointment online today.
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